I am a hugely positive person, but don’t think for a minute that I don’t have my low days. I do!
Today is one of those days.
I am 2 days post surgery to try and rectify the scaring that I have in my trachea from being intubated. This was an issue from my original intubation in 1996 when I had my first brain injury (TBI). I have been intubated a number of times, the most recent being from my third brain haemorrhage in January 2017. This recent intubation resulted in further damage to my trachea, as they weren’t aware that my trachea is considerably smaller than the average adult due to my past history – a condition called subglottic tracheal stenosis.
So here I am, feeling rather ordinary and a little sorry for myself.
You see, there will always be situations/ circumstances that happen in life that can get us feeling down. That’s life – It’s going to happen!
There is nothing wrong with having a shitty day or week…Just don’t unpack and live there!
So what do I do when these days or weeks strike?
I accept and acknowledge that life isn’t always happy and amazing! I tell myself something along the lines of – ‘I’m having a bad day, and that’s okay. It’s just a feeling that will pass’.
We can be flooded by the notion that we should be happy all the time. It’s utter BS! Sometimes life can be really shitty, and there is nothing wrong with that. After all, you are human.
Like anything in life, bad days come and they go.
I often think of the ocean when I describe emotions. Like the ocean, some days are calm, gentle and fun, while other days they are turbulent, frightening and unsettling. Learning to ride the waves through those turbulent times without drowning is where your power lies!
I give myself some extra love.
If I am feeling low, I take some time out to treat myself. It doesn’t have to be something fancy – It can be as simple as taking a day or a few hours to myself to do something that makes me feel good. Some of my ‘go to’s’ on days like this are putting on some music and having a bubble bath, colouring in, reading, going for a walk, journalling, treating myself to a massage, put on a sad movie and cry my eyes out (it works a treat!!)….you get my gist!
I tell myself ‘this too shall pass’…and it always does!
A good dose of gratitude goes a long way!
What are three things that you are grateful for, right here, right now?
They can be as simple as waking up this morning and having fresh air in your lungs, a heart that beats and a brain that is still functioning despite everything that it has been through. Or perhaps you got to enjoy some sunshine, or sat by a warm fire. Have a look around you – there is so much we can be grateful for!
But my number one tip – I move….Yep, exercise is the BEST way to combat feeling low!
There is a reason why so many people say that exercise combats stress or feeling crappy. That’s because exercise helps to clear your mind and re-wire your thinking PLUS it gives you a little hit of endorphins, making you feel good.
If you don’t believe me, why not try it for yourself? It can be as simple as going for a brisk walk, run, 20 push-up’s or squats. It really doesn’t matter, just move!
Remember warrior, this too shall pass. Ride it out!